The Sleep and Weight Loss Connection
As Moms we all know how exhausting it can be to have little ones, and especially the “up all night” routines with newborns. I swear I have inherited what I call “moms ear” since the birth of my daughter as I keep one ear open all night in case I hear her wake up, and I know many other Moms who feel the same. But when you have been sleep deprived for an extended period of time, can it wreak havoc on your weight??
According to www.webmd.com:
“The two hormones that are key in this process are ghrelin and leptin. “Ghrelin is the ‘go’ hormone that tells you when to eat, and when you are sleep-deprived, you have more ghrelin,” Breus says. “Leptin is the hormone that tells you to stop eating, and when you are sleep deprived, you have less leptin.”
Yikes! So this explains why my willpower goes down after a terrible night of sleep and I reach for the potato chips instead of the fresh vegetables in my house. After I did more research I realized that getting more sleep was one of the keys to dropping the extra baby weight. Obviously a sound exercise routine and healthy eating habits with portion control were a big key, but adding in sound sleep did wonders for my mental outlook as well.
A couple of things I do to ensure a restful night (barring any kid interuptions of course!)
- Avoid Caffeine in the afternoon, especially if you have problems falling asleep
- Avoid eating a large carbohydrate meal close to bedtime, which can also keep you up with heartburn!
- Get the distractions out of the bedroom.. a television or ipad can stimulate your brain rather than ease you to sleep.. try a book instead
- Avoid too much alcohol.. I love my wine, but when I consume too much I have a restless night of sleep
- Add Lavender to your evening routine.. even in the form of a paraben free moisturizer or a dab of lavender essential oils on the wrist or neck can do wonders…
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